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Lori Kaplan

Professional Lingerie Expert

Best Women's Underwear & Women's Panties

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Finding the perfect pair of panties is not always an easy task. There are so many variables involved – whether you are apple or pear shaped, straight like a stick, or hourglass curvy – finding undies that are comfortable, fit perfectly and don’t show can be daunting. The perfect fit also depends on what type of clothing you are wearing – jeans, pencil skirt, skinny pants. Another factor is if you are dressing for the boardroom or the bedroom. The bottom line is: Visible Panty Lines (VPL) are a no-no. One way to prevent this is to make sure you always buy the size that fits your body. Buying something three sizes too small just because it is on sale, or because it is cute, doesn’t do it for most of us.

If your body is model thin, you can wear any type of panty you want. Women who are lean and lanky like to wear thongs, but any type of panty will work. If you are thick in the middle, something with a little more coverage suits your body better. Hipsters or full coverage briefs are good options, but some bikini styles could work as well. Women with love handles should never wear anything that chops the silhouette into pieces. Hi cut briefs give a long, lean leg line and are great for those with shorter legs. If your stomach is bigger than your hips, a hi-waisted shaper can add definition. All this depends on your comfort level, and what you are willing to wear to look as good as you want. If your rear end is jiggly or saggy, never, ever wear thongs or g-strings. It simply isn’t flattering.

Panties that fit well should never creep up, bunch, or dig into uncomfortable places. Unless you are wearing a g-string, or a thong, your panties should cup your buttocks, and not create bulges. They should not make rolls of flesh at your waist, either. Again, I cannot stress enough, getting the right size is critical.

Here are some of our faves and bestsellers. After helping thousands of women over the course of 30 years, this is what they wear in their real, daily lives. Super sexy panties – or lingerie in general - has its time and place for sure. Wearing sexy lingerie makes a woman feel special and beautiful. We’ve found that eight out of ten women wear these staples for their day to day living.

Find the best women's underwear for your body type. We recommend women's panties to help you sort through the many styles of women's undies that offer superior comfort.

Best Panties by Lori Kaplan

The Best You Can Get

  • Hanro Perfectly Nude Micro

    Lori says: Thongs, briefs, and boy shorts are laser cut for total invisibility under close-fitting clothes, and have inner silicone edges for stay put simplicity. The boy shorts work especially well under skirts. The sizing runs from XS-L and they run particularly full.

    • Laser cut for total invisibility under close-fitting clothes
    • Inner silicone edges help them stay put
  • Wolford’s Velvet Control Panty

    Lori says: For a bit of gentle shaping and love-handle management, Wolford’s Velvet Control Panty is totally seamless and totally comfortable. These do not ride up or creep uncomfortably around your bottom. Wearing these is like wearing a hug. There is also a very skimpy g-string and thong in this group, as well as a long leg bike short. Sized from XS to L, generously cut for curves. Do not bind or roll.

    • Totally seamless
    • Do not ride up or creep
    • Do not bind or roll
    • Totally comfortable
  • Chantelle’s Africa Boy Shorts

    Lori says: Chantelle’s Africa boy shorts have no side seams, and the teeth like edging make it a sexy no show look. Made of mesh and lace, it creates a beautiful tattoo effect on the skin. Extremely low rise works well under any clothes that have a super low rise. Sized from S–XL. All figure types.

    • No side seams
    • Made of mesh and lace
    • Extremely low rise
    • Sexy, no show look
  • Spanx Slim Cognito

    Lori says: If you need some serious shaping and sculpting, Spanx Slim Cognito, seamless, thigh shaping bodysuit has the option of connecting to your bra. It gives you the curves you want while banishing bloat and bulges. Brings the waist in by about two inches, slims thighs and shapes rear. S-XL. Nice, generous sizing.

    • Seamless, thigh shaping
    • Brings the waist in by about 2
    • Slims thighs and shapes rear
    • Sizes S-XL
  • Hanro’s Simply Cotton

    Lori says: For gals who must have their cotton undies, Hanro’s Simply Cotton are 100% mercerized cotton, and are available as a generously cut full brief, hipster brief and hi-cut brief. XS-L.

    • 100% mercerized cotton
    • Sizes XS-L

You will be happy with any of these

  • Commando laser cut thongs and girl shorts

    Lori says: Commando laser cut thongs and girl shorts are a great option for the pricier Hanro panties. No show, no ride-up for a sleek look. Available in tiny thong, low rise thong and girl shorts. S/M and L/XL. Fits slim to average figures.

    • No show, no ride-up
    • Available in tiny thong, low rise thong and girl shorts
    • Fits slim to average figures
  • Barely There “This End Up” Shaper

    Lori says: Barely There’s new “This End Up” shaper is a firm control pant that is totally seamless and light weight. Unique knit-in panels in the back lift the rear, giving you a nice round tushy while toning the tummy. Available as a brief or long leg, which will also slim the thighs. M, L, XL. Good option for the Wolford Velvet shapers, and the pricier Spanx, but no small sizes available.

    • Totally seamless
    • Light weight
    • Available in brief or long leg
    • Thigh slimming
  • Cosabella’s Soire Boy Shorts

    Lori says: Cosabella’s Soire boy shorts are sheer, lightweight mesh with moderate rear end coverage. Available in oodles of colors. Extreme low rise. These are a favorite across all income brackets and ages. Breathable and quick drying, these are popular under jeans and tummy bearing workout gear. Same shape as Chantelle Africa brief. S-L, these work best for slim figures.

    • Sheer, lightweight mesh
    • Breathable and quick drying
    • Many colors available
    • Extreme low rise
    • Moderate rear end coverage
  • Maidenform's No Show

    Lori says: Maidenform's No Show lacy, stretchy boyshort dips to a V in the front, and has a no line fit on the legs. Completely flat lace and super low rise make these a good option for Chantelle’s Africa panty. Modern, yet sexy, look and fit. A great value at with its low price. Sized 5, 6, 7, and 8 and fits curvy girls well.

    • Lacy, stretchy boyshort
    • Completely flat lace
    • Super low rise
  • Elita’s Bikinis and Briefs

    Lori says: For value priced cotton panties, we like Elita’s line of bikinis and briefs. A mixture of cotton and lycra, these panties are soft and stretchy and come in a nice variety of shapes from a very skimpy bikini, thongs, and full-cut briefs. They don’t ride up and don’t show under clothes. These are great panties for underneath jeans. S-XL. All figure types.

    • Mixture of cotton and lycra
    • Soft and stretchy
    • Variety of shapes
    • Good for all figure types
    • Great for underneath jeans

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